SUMA’s president Gordon Barnhart isn’t mincing any words.
He says the Wall government’s decision to scrap the grants-in-lieu program is basically forcing Saskatchewan cities to do the government’s dirty work.
Barnhart says the government’s suggestion that hometowns should use reserve funds to make up the difference is outrageous.
He feels the move came with no consultation from government officials, and came after budgets had already been formed.
Barnhart says SUMA could perhaps swallow this cut if it were a one-time thing, but it’s not
SUMA continues to explore legal options against the government, but at this time, they can’t say if they will pursue that or not.
With the removal of the program, it is felt many cities will have to raise property taxes by a significant amount to make up for the shortfall.